SKINCARE SWAPS FOR YOUR BEST SUMMER SKIN!
With warmer and sunnier summer days, your regular skincare routine may be feeling a bit too heavy. Who wants to apply a rich moisturiser when their face feels already oily just out of the shower?
However, it’s not about downsizing the number of products you use but adapting your skincare routine to summertime and the new challenges it brings for your skin.
ADOPT LIGHTER TEXTURES IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Even if it’s hot outside, your skin still needs hydration. Just go for lighter versions. Our tips?
Swap heavier cream cleansers for lighter textures - our Cleansing Foam has a cloud-like texture that removes impurities and excess sebum without drying out the skin.
The best parts of summer (hello salty swims, sun and heat) can dehydrate your skin, so you still need to moisturise! Opt for a lightweight moisturiser with a water-based formula like our Hydrance Aqua cream-in-gel that delivers the hydrating properties of a rich cream in a light, quickly absorbed gel formula.
ADD ANTIOXIDANTS TO BOOST YOUR SKIN'S PROTECTION
Our skin is constantly exposed to free-radicals that can contribute to premature ageing and UV is a major trigger. Antioxidants, such as vitamin, C or E, can help defend your skin against this free-radical damage.
Incorporating antioxidants in your skincare routine is simple. A vitamin C serum like our A-Oxitive Defense Serum is often the best form as they have a higher concentration of antioxidants and can penetrate the skin the most effectively. In formulating A-Oxitive serum, we chose Pro-vitamin C which gives the results equivalent to 15% pure Vitamin C* but in a much gentler way. The Gradual Release property of Pro-Vitamin C allows Pure Vitamin C to be released efficiently throughout the day, only when the skin needs it.
SPF50+ SUNSCREEN IS THE HERO OF YOUR SUMMER SKINCARE ROUTINE
Australian summer sun is one of the harshest in the world. Due to its position in the Southern Hemisphere, Earth’s orbit brings Australia closer to the sun during summer months, exposing us to more solar UV intensity. UV radiation is responsible for most skin cancers and Australia unfortunately has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers**.
This is why applying a broad-spectrum SPF50+ sunscreen on your face and on any sun-exposed skin (Hands! Ears! Decolletage!) before stepping out should be part of your summer skincare routine, even if it’s overcast! It is the most important step to protect your skin from permanent sun damage.
Now should you apply sunscreen before or after your moisturiser?
It should be the last step of your skincare routine before makeup so it is not diluted with additional product layers that could reduce its effectiveness.
However to make sure that this protective shield stays active, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day.
Looking for a lightweight texture that you can add to your skincare routine and use under makeup? Avène Aqua-Fluid SPF50+ is an ultra-lightweight, very high broad-spectrum UVB-UVA protection sunscreen with a silky texture and a pocket-sized bottle that you can carry with you everywhere!
(B)ACNE-PRONE SKIN? AVOID SUMMER BREAKOUTS
The skin’s response to summer’s warmer temperatures is more sweating and more sebum production. This explosive combo creates the perfect moist environment on your skin for bacteria to proliferate, ultimately clogging the pores and leading to breakouts.
As anyone with acne knows, breakouts aren’t confined to your face- they can occur on your back, chest and bottom which is not ideal in beach season! To help get these body breakouts under control, sub in a cleanser that is formulated for acne-prone skin. Our Cleanance Cleansing Gel comes in an XL 400ml size and can be used on both the face and body.
SWEAT-PROOF YOUR SUMMER MAKEUP
Now is not the time to layer up if you don’t want to see your makeup melt off your face as soon as you step outside on a hot summer day!
Swap your heavier foundation for lighter, non-comedogenic options like a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
Our tip? Apply Avène Day Protector BB Cream SPF30 or Avène Mineral Tinted Compact Cream SPF50 after sunscreen for a unified complexion and bonus sun protection!